August Empties

During August I only finished up three products.. Here's a quick run through:

Dove Clear Tone Anti Perspirant..  This is supposed to help irritated skin and reduce skin discoloration  caused by shaving and such. Like a lot of women I can be very self conscious about wearing sleeveless tops and raising my arms because of these problems.. So if a product claims to help with that I'm all for it! Unfortunately I didn't really see any improvement. It's a nice deodorant but didn't give me the results I was expecting to see. I'm currently using another different Dove anti perspirant which claims to help these problems as well (so far I'm not seeing much improvement with that one either!). Sad sigh.

Next is my beloved Maybelline Colossal Volume mascara. It's time to toss it out sadly! It's gotten very dry and 'gunky'.. and I probably should've tossed it sooner, anyway. This is my favorite mascara so of course I'll be repurchasing; I just plan on using up my current mascaras first!

And last is my Clean & Clear Facial Cleansing Wipes.. You know I love these things - they're in practically all of my empties posts! Plot twist, though! I didn't buy a back-up when I was getting low and I don't plan to repurchase yet. I'm currently trying out the Tea Tree ones from The Body Shop! I absolutely love how they leave my skin feeling and just really enjoy them all around but the Clean & Clear does a better job at removing my eye-makeup and makeup in general, is more 'saturated', and doesn't sting my eyes at all - whereas the Tea Tree ones do sting a wee bit if I happen to get some in my eyes. Also, price is much better. Clean & Clear are about $7 and the Tea Tree ones came to about $16, I think! And you only get 25 wipes, whereas you get thirty with Clean & Clear. So when I finish those I'll most likely be going back to them!

August Faves

Ah, the months just go by so fast. It's time for the monthly favorites post already! For August I have five items that I really loved and enjoyed using.

First we have Prada Candy. The scent is just so warm and yummy and I absolutely love it. I've been wearing it a lot and will continue to do so into the fall months! It's perfect!

I've been loving my Naked 2 palette, as well! I'm glad it was pretty much worth the hype! I love that you can pick any two random shades and they'll all look good together.

Next is Sexy Mama and Bahama Mama by theBalm! Sexy Mama is the loveliest little setting powder and I really love it! And Bahama Mama is lovely, too! It's my favorite bronzer and favorite to contour with! My reviews for both of these can be found here, and here!

And last is my Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop. I believe that every one of my monthly favorites posts have included a lip butter ever since I got them! I think Lollipop may be my favorite of the four that I own. It's the one that I wear most and I always keep it in my bag! I love that it can be nice and bright or you can just gently dab it onto your lip for a more subtle color.

And a random favorite - Studio Ghibli films! They were a great part of my childhood! I've been watching one every day lately. I watched My Neighbor Totoro today.. I've always wanted to ride the cat bus.. :(

Too Faced Vintage Sale is back!

Yep, Too Faced is having their vintage sale again until September 6, next Thursday! Go check it out on their website!

mark. Good Glowing Blush in Sunlove Glo

Today I have mark.'s Good Glowing Custom Pick Blush in Sunlove Glo. I believe that this was a limited edition product that is no longer available (it was an online only offer while I was putting through my Avon orders) so I can't say that the following will apply to the other shades as well.

The Good Glowing Blush is $8 for 0.18oz and is a "super smooth powder that lets you put the glow wherever you want it to go".  It's also oil free, fragrance free, won't clog pores, and is non acnegenic.

Right off the bat, one thing I don't like about this is that it's only the pan and comes housed in plastic. No compact or packaging. If you don't have something like a Z Palette you'd need to buy one of mark.'s palettes, which would be more money to have to spend. For now I'll just be keeping the pan in the plastic it came in, even though it's not very pleasing to the eye.

The powder is very smooth and densely pressed. Pigmentation is quite good. It's a nice peachy color and is also matte.

The shimmer on my wrist is not from the blush! I found that this was a little stubborn to come off of my finger to swatch onto my wrist. I had to do a couple swipes to build up the wrist swatch.

With blushes like NARS and theBalm where I only need a very light tap of the brush, I do need to swirl my brush around a bit to get enough color with this. On me it's quite natural and subtle. It was pretty easy to blend as well. Wear time was pretty good, too. It's more natural and not all that noticeable, though so it was a bit harder to determine the wear time.

Overall it's a nice little blush but I don't think I would purchase any others. 

tokidoki Lion Pappa Arte Palette

My uncle who was coming to visit was at the closest Sephora, which is about two hours away, and emailed to see if there was anything I wanted him to pick up. Kind of like a late birthday present! I asked for the Sephora +Pantone Universe Color of the Year Blush Duo which I've admired from afar since it came out. I wasn't sure it would be available -  so since tokidoki is discontinuing and all of their items are on sale I asked if he could pick up something from them if it wasn't. I'd like to try out the brand at least once before it's gone!

I was excited to see that he came with the Lion Pappa Arte Palette (five of them actually!!), one of the items I was more interested in trying from the brand. I really like their style - very cute!

This compact little palette, which is about the size of my palm, includes four eyeshadows and a blush. They look like nice, natural colors - and they are! 

Here's how it looks opened. I don't like mirror much, mostly because it's vertical and kind of difficult to see much in. I usually don't use the mirrors from compacts or palettes unless I'm on the go so it doesn't bother me.

Here's a closer look at the shadows and blush. The shadows are described as a pearl nude, matte light brown (which is not matte, but shimmery and is more of a taupe to me), pearl gold, and pearl dark brown. The blush is described as a golden peach - it reminds me quite a lot of NARS' Orgasm, but I don't own it to compare!

Swatched without primer

Swatched over Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Primer does make a difference with these shadows! They all swatched quite nicely. The taupe was a bit more sheer and took a few swipes to get a decent swatch, while the dark brown was the most pigmented of the bunch. They're not really on level with Urban Decay shadows which have become my favorite, but they're quite soft and of very nice quality! I haven't worn them without primer, but with primer they last all day! Also while removing the swatches the dark brown was pretty stubborn to disappear, it lightly stained my wrist! The blush is also super nice! I'm really loving it and the glow it gives my cheeks!

Now for something a little different I thought that I would include some of the eye looks I use this palette for! I'm no makeup artist, I'm an amateur and still learning so don't expect anything fantastic, haha.

Here's the first look I made with this palette. I used the white all over the lid and as a highlight. I lined my lashline slightly with the taupe and used it in the crease, as well. Then I took the dark brown in the outer corners and slightly blended into the crease. I just paired it with some brown gel liner and Lancome Doll Lashes mascara.

Here's the second look which I actually wore to church today! It's very natural and subtle. All I used was the white all over lid again and as a highlight, and the taupe in the crease. I paired it with a little bit of pencil eyeliner and Rimmel Max Volume Flash mascara.

And then for this last look, as usual I used the white all over the lid and as a highlight, then layered the gold all over the lid and used the dark brown in the crease. I just winged out my pencil liner and kept on the Rimmel mascara.

So I really do like this palette! Right now they're on the Sephora website for $4CA, so if you're interested I would grab it sooner or later before the brand is no longer available!

Don't Pretzel My Buttons Dupes?

In my post for OPI's Don't Pretzel My Buttons I mentioned that I had found two possible dupes for it - so here they are..!

The two colors I found are Brooch The Subject by Essie and Whimsical by L.A. Girl.

They're in the same order here.. From left to right is Essie, OPI, and L.A. Girl. I used two coats for each. So they're not exact dupes but are very similar alternatives! They're each a tad darker then OPI.. I think Whimsical is a bit closer but it also contains some very, very fine shimmer whereas OPI is a solid creme.

China Glaze Prey Tell

So, I picked up another polish from China Glaze's On Safari collection. I chose Prey Tell which I had been thinking of getting before I came across the trio. I don't have any colors quite like this and wanted to try out a 'vampy' shade so it's perfect! Like the rest of the collection, it's a great autumn color! It's a really dark burgundy red that looks almost black!

Here's just one coat taken with flash so you can see the color beforehand. Kind of a wine color.

And here's two coats! I apologize for the not so great photo. It turns into a beautiful dark and vampy shade! You can see how the initial color peeks out a bit by the bottom.

The formula was so-so. It was great except for a bit of dragging and streaky-ness. Never made me want to hit my head on the wall, though! The finish is very nice as well! It's very glossy even without a topcoat. I'm very excited to wear this for the fall!

Corail in Love Dupe?

When I tried out Avon's Vermillion lipstick I was really reminded of Lancome's Rouge in Love lipstick in Corail in Love. I finally swatched them side by side to see if they were dupes or not!

Here they are swatched on the inside of my wrist. Corail in Love is on the left and Vermillion is on the right. I apologize for the awful photos! My camera really didn't want to cooperate. Now let's see if I can dig up these colors on my lips..

First photo is Corail in Love (worn a bit more sheerly) and the bottom is Vermillion. They're not exact dupes, but they're very similar! The Rouge in Love lipsticks are about $30 whereas the Avon are only $9.99.The only thing is that Vermillion contains some shimmer, where Corail in Love is really just.. glossy, I suppose. I prefer Lancome because there's no shimmer.. If you're interested in the shade, though and don't want to shell out $30 and don't mind the shimmer I think the Avon would be worth checking out. Plus as always, Avon is always on sale or has good deals on!

OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons

The Germany collection by OPI is another beautiful collection for fall. It consists mostly of great, deep and dark shades like red and purples but the one I was interested in was Don't Pretzel My Buttons, which is what I have here today. 

It's a beige-y nude creme. It doesn't really look anything too special but when I tried out the nail swatch in store I thought it looked like the perfect nude polish for me so I pre-ordered it!

Picture taken with flash.
(I didn't clean up my nails. Don't kill me.)

I really like how it looks. The formula was really nice and I only had to use two coats. I put all my polishes onto nail wheels this week, though and discovered I have one or two shades that look very similar. I'll post later with these possible dupes.

There are a few other colors in this collection that I'm interested in but I'm not sure if I'll try them out or not. Either way, I'm pleased with this one.

China Glaze On Safari

When I saw the polishes for China Glaze's new On Safari collection I knew that I absolutely had to have Exotic Encounters, which is the beautiful teal green on the left. The entire collection was so nice, though and I wanted to try out more then one.. So I ended up getting this trio which includes Exotic Encounters, Purr-fect Plum, and I'm Not Lion.

Here is Exotic Encounters, which is absolutely gorgeous. I love it so much. As I said, it's a beautiful teal green creme.

Ugh. Beautiful, right? It only took one coat to be pretty much completely opaque, but with two you'll be good for sure. The formula is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful.

Next up is Purr-fect Plum. Crazy cat lady me fell in love with this name. This was one of the colors I was debating to get along with Exotic Encounters until I came across the trio. It's a lovely deep and rich plum shade that I'm super anxious to wear for the fall!

Like Exotic Encounters, one coat was pretty much opaque already and the formula was great as well. I've been very impressed with China Glaze polishes lately.. I didn't use to like them much a few years back as I found their formulas thin and streaky.. The formulas are just wonderful now, though!

And lastly we have I'm Not Lion. Another cute name! I wasn't that interested in this shade but it's still quite pretty and will be nice to layer with other colors. I'm just not looking forward to removing it whenever I get around to wearing it! Darn glitter polishes..

Kinda pretty, right? I think it will look nicer over another polish, though. I may try it over Exotic Encounters and Purr-fect Plum.

I can't wait for autumn to come around so I can wear these. I'm getting tired of summer and want my beloved autumn, already! They're really great fall colors, and I love the entire collection. I really want to get more of them! I'd have them all if I could!

QUO Leopard Kabuki Brush

When I first saw this leopard kabuki brush by QUO my crazy cat lady self died a little inside and knew that I had to have it. So I was super excited when I received it for my birthday!

Isn't it the cutest thing? And not only is it cute, it's also a great little kabuki brush! The hairs aren't flimsy, they're very nice and dense. It picks up the right amount of product and evenly distributes it. It's the perfect little guy to use with your setting powder!

It's not the softest brush there is but it's not uncomfortable to use at all! I'm very happy that it's not just cute - it's a good brush as well. I think it'd be worth picking up just for the leopard print.. but maybe that's my cat lover side speaking.

It was I believe $22CA and available at Shoppers Drug Marts in Canada, but it was part of QUO's summer collection so I'm unsure of if you'd be able to still find it. 

Review! Urban Decay Lip Junkie Gloss

A mini Lip Junkie in the shade Naked comes along with the Naked 2 palette by Urban Decay, so I obviously gave it a little try. So this post will just be a small little review on it. Here's a little bit of what UD's website says about the Lip Junkie glosses..

"Get hooked on shine, without the sticky hangover. Lip Junkie features a soft, luxe texture, stay-put shades, and tastes like wedding mints. Addicted yet?"

I'm not a gloss girl in the first place so I can't say I'm addicted.. but this gloss is pretty nice.

The packaging is very cute and I really love the intricate cap! It comes in a squeeze tube with a slanted, plastic applicator.

This has a minty smell, and it really does taste like wedding mints! I don't exactly like flavored gloss but it's not too strong at all and doesn't bother me. When you apply this it gives you a minty, cooling feeling. It kind of does give a slightly more plumped appearance to the lips as well.

It's also quite a comfortable gloss. Thank goodness it's not that sticky. It has a slight stick but it's not uncomfortable or annoying or makes me want to jump off of a cliff. Good job, Urban Decay.

It also lasted pretty well through eating and drinking. Some of the color came off on my straw and the shine had faded a bit afterwards.

I find the shine this gives my lips makes them look almost strange.. but I think I applied a little too much in the first place, haha. I was trying to get the color to show up at least a little. Speaking of which.. here's a swatch:

Naked is described as a "pinky neutral" which is pretty much what it is. It looks more red in the tube but does come out as kind of a rose-y nude. It's also pretty shimmery  - something I can't say I enjoy all that much.

On me you can't really see the color.. it's just like a my-lips-but-better kind of shade. The color doesn't really show up but it adds a bit more life to the lips with the shimmer and shine.

It's a nice little gloss but I don't see myself purchasing a full size of it, which is $23CA. Though, I must say.. one of the new shades 'Streak' looks very pretty. 

I finally got Naked, Two

See what I did there in the title? I finally got the Naked 2, too! Get it? Like, I finally have it too! Sigh. Well, I thought it was kind of clever. Anyway, yes. I finally own one of the Naked palettes. I received Naked 2 since I kind of preferred the shades over the original. This won't really be a review since everyone and their cat has written one.. I see this more as.. A mandatory beauty blogger post, haha. I just want to share my excitement. I've finally joined the naked crowd.

It's so pretty. I didn't even want to use it! It took me a few days to finally use it to be honest. I would just open it everyday and admire it.. then close it and put it back safely. The first time I used it, though I was definitely in love. It's all I've been using since then!

Ugh. So nice. I don't think I can pick a favorite shade. I really love Foxy and Bootycall.. I really love Tease, too. And YDK. And Chopper. And Busted.. And.. well, all of them.

Urban Decay has now become my favorite for shadows. They're wonderful! They're just so soft and smooth and pigmented and all of that good stuff!  

Here are swatches of these lovely, lovely shadows! Oh, Naked 2, I love you! These were all swatched on their own - no primers or bases! They're all in the same order as the palette. From left to right...

Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, and Blackout.

The matte shades (Foxy, Tease, Blackout) took a few more swipes to swatch nicely. All of the shimmer and glitter shades only took one swipe each, though! They're fantastic. So impressed. 

These stay on all day, too. Even without a primer, I find! They're just so nice! I don't know what else to say! I loooove them.

I haven't used the included brush much, but I did use the crease side the other day and I really like it! I'll also be reviewing the included mini Lip Junkie gloss in a separate post. I'm so happy that I received this, I absolutely love it!

So there was my mandatory post on the Naked 2 palette. I suppose there's kind of a small review in there.. haha. All I really need to say about it, though is that's it's lovely anyway!

Review! Anastasia Hydrafull Gloss

Today I'll be reviewing the Anastasia Hydrafull Gloss in the shade Moi. To start off I really love the packaging. It's very sleek, simple, and elegant. I love the Anastasia Beverly Hills logo, it's a nice font. It is 0.07oz for $27CA on Sephora, but I received mine for my birthday where they were offering them free with a code at checkout. Onto the actual product!

It comes with a plastic, paddle type applicator which I don't really like. I find application to be more difficult and you need to take extra time to make sure the coverage is even and not streaky. While I don't really like this type of applicator I don't exactly hate it.

The gloss is pretty thick, but a nice consistency. It is somewhat sticky but it's very comfortable, and trust me, I hate sticky glosses. So thumbs up! It also has no taste or scent which I like.

It feels really nice on the lips - smooth and somewhat hydrating! As well as comfortable like I mentioned. I really like how it looks on my lips, too. It makes them look very full and luscious and has a nice, healthy shine! It also wears very well! Probably due to the thickness. This lasted through about five hours, during which I had been drinking and eating. The shine of course had begun to slightly fade but I was impressed!

I also really like the color! It's just a neutral pink, my-lips-but-better shade that's very flattering and, well, natural! It's also very nicely pigmented - what you see is what you get.

I'm not a gloss girl at all but I really enjoy this one. To be honest I've been looking at some of the other shades (Bellini, Flamingo, and Sorbet)! So nice. We'll see if I end up with more of these in the future, hehe.